Period
to 25 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 25 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 8 10
Rank change year-on-year -3 +2 +1
Permanent jobs citing Windows 4,707 10,502 12,171
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 12.92% 14.89% 14.34%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.27% 63.44% 59.88%
Number of salaries quoted 4,494 8,845 10,349
Median annual salary £42,000 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £23,413 £22,000 £22,000
90th Percentile £61,250 £62,500 £62,500
UK median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +6.25%

Windows is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 8,219 16,554 20,326
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 22.56% 23.47% 23.95%
Number of salaries quoted 6,679 13,340 16,183
Median annual salary £45,000 £41,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.43% -1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £25,750 £23,500 £24,000
90th Percentile £66,250 £66,250 £65,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +5.56%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Windows as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Windows in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing Windows in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 25 January 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -4 1,305 £42,500 +13.33% 282
North of England -2 1,150 £42,000 +12.00% 321
Midlands -2 755 £40,000 +6.67% 194
South West -3 703 £39,250 +12.14% 139
North West -5 552 £42,500 +13.33% 189
West Midlands -2 488 £40,000 +2.56% 106
Yorkshire -1 483 £37,500 - 103
East of England -2 366 £40,000 - 104
East Midlands -4 264 £40,000 +13.48% 88
Scotland -6 251 £47,500 +23.38% 56
Wales +3 161 £45,000 +12.50% 32
North East +4 115 £40,000 +23.08% 29
Northern Ireland +14 39 £42,500 +24.09% 21
Isle of Man - 4 £52,500 -
Channel Islands +2 1 £36,000 +44.00%
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 2021, IT jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Windows.

1 2,310 (49.08%) Microsoft
2 1,976 (41.98%) Active Directory
3 1,891 (40.17%) Windows Server
4 1,746 (37.09%) Azure
5 1,578 (33.52%) Office 365
6 1,512 (32.12%) VMware
7 1,133 (24.07%) Linux
8 985 (20.93%) VMware Infrastructure
9 979 (20.80%) SQL
10 857 (18.21%) Windows 10
11 817 (17.36%) Firewall
12 740 (15.72%) SQL Server
13 737 (15.66%) DevOps
14 735 (15.62%) ITIL
15 726 (15.42%) PowerShell
16 694 (14.74%) DNS
17 662 (14.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 631 (13.41%) AWS
19 624 (13.26%) Hyper-V
20 613 (13.02%) Agile Software Development
21 588 (12.49%) Cisco
22 582 (12.36%) Problem-Solving
23 579 (12.30%) Windows Server 2012
24 537 (11.41%) Microsoft Office
25 523 (11.11%) DHCP
26 485 (10.30%) Citrix
27 476 (10.11%) Windows Server 2016
28 472 (10.03%) C#
29 454 (9.65%) MS Exchange
30 442 (9.39%) WAN

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 454 (9.65%) MS Exchange
2 323 (6.86%) SharePoint
3 245 (5.21%) IIS
4 126 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2013
5 101 (2.15%) Confluence
6 93 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2010
7 73 (1.55%) Apache
8 57 (1.21%) Skype for Business
9 50 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
10 48 (1.02%) CMS
11 33 (0.70%) Tomcat
12 32 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
13 29 (0.62%) WordPress
14 27 (0.57%) Umbraco
15 26 (0.55%) EPiServer
16 22 (0.47%) Sitecore CMS
17 21 (0.45%) WebSphere
18 20 (0.42%) Kentico
18 20 (0.42%) nginx
19 18 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 537 (11.41%) Microsoft Office
2 81 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 42 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (0.36%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.15%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.064%) Adobe Captivate
7 3 (0.064%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.064%) Adobe XD
7 3 (0.064%) InVision
7 3 (0.064%) Sketch
7 3 (0.064%) Zeplin
8 1 (0.021%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.021%) Quicktime
8 1 (0.021%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 14 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
1 14 (0.30%) nopCommerce
1 14 (0.30%) Sentinel
2 13 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
3 11 (0.23%) Carpe Diem
3 11 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 11 (0.23%) Workfront
4 9 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.17%) SAP Business One
6 6 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.085%) Bond Adapt
7 4 (0.085%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.085%) Oracle 11i
7 4 (0.085%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.085%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.042%) Maximo
8 2 (0.042%) Sage 1000
8 2 (0.042%) SAP FI-CA
8 2 (0.042%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 1,746 (37.09%) Azure
2 1,578 (33.52%) Office 365
3 631 (13.41%) AWS
4 281 (5.97%) Azure Active Directory
5 194 (4.12%) IaaS
6 187 (3.97%) SaaS
7 160 (3.40%) PaaS
8 97 (2.06%) OneDrive
9 69 (1.47%) GCP
10 59 (1.25%) GitHub
11 56 (1.19%) Mimecast
12 52 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
13 49 (1.04%) Power Platform
14 41 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
15 35 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
16 33 (0.70%) Serverless
17 32 (0.68%) G Suite
18 28 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
19 27 (0.57%) Amazon S3
20 20 (0.42%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 817 (17.36%) Firewall
2 694 (14.74%) DNS
3 523 (11.11%) DHCP
4 442 (9.39%) WAN
5 435 (9.24%) TCP/IP
6 409 (8.69%) LAN
7 326 (6.93%) VPN
8 302 (6.42%) SAN
9 226 (4.80%) VoIP
10 217 (4.61%) VLAN
11 127 (2.70%) Wireless
12 104 (2.21%) Wi-Fi
13 102 (2.17%) Skype
14 92 (1.95%) Network Security
15 84 (1.78%) Remote Desktop
16 83 (1.76%) Internet
17 65 (1.38%) NAS
18 61 (1.30%) Cisco ASA
18 61 (1.30%) Intrusion Detection
19 54 (1.15%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 740 (15.72%) SQL Server
2 115 (2.44%) MySQL
3 74 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
4 69 (1.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 58 (1.23%) Relational Database
6 57 (1.21%) Amazon RDS
6 57 (1.21%) Oracle Database
7 43 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
8 40 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
9 34 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 32 (0.68%) Big Data
11 31 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
12 29 (0.62%) Power BI
13 27 (0.57%) MongoDB
14 24 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
15 23 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
16 21 (0.45%) Azure SQL Database
16 21 (0.45%) NoSQL
16 21 (0.45%) RDBMS
17 19 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 262 (5.57%) Git (software)
2 166 (3.53%) JIRA
3 142 (3.02%) Jenkins
4 88 (1.87%) Visual Studio
5 77 (1.64%) TeamCity
6 75 (1.59%) Bitbucket
7 69 (1.47%) Octopus Deploy
8 64 (1.36%) Team Foundation Server
9 59 (1.25%) Subversion
10 31 (0.66%) GitLab
11 28 (0.59%) Artifactory
11 28 (0.59%) Selenium
12 26 (0.55%) Maven
13 25 (0.53%) Oracle APEX
14 24 (0.51%) Eclipse
15 20 (0.42%) NUnit
16 19 (0.40%) JUnit
16 19 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 16 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
17 16 (0.34%) SonarQube
General
1 356 (7.56%) Finance
2 123 (2.61%) Public Sector
3 118 (2.51%) Legal
4 117 (2.49%) Telecoms
5 108 (2.29%) Law
6 94 (2.00%) Manufacturing
7 79 (1.68%) Retail
8 73 (1.55%) Games
9 71 (1.51%) Marketing
10 65 (1.38%) Electronics
11 50 (1.06%) Digital Economy
12 44 (0.93%) Military
13 42 (0.89%) Back Office
14 34 (0.72%) Advertising
15 32 (0.68%) Banking
16 28 (0.59%) Local Government
17 27 (0.57%) Aerospace
18 22 (0.47%) Automotive
19 20 (0.42%) French Language
19 20 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 638 (13.55%) Analyst
2 552 (11.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 510 (10.83%) Support Engineer
4 404 (8.58%) IT Engineer
5 402 (8.54%) IT Support
6 391 (8.31%) Developer
7 300 (6.37%) Azure Engineer
8 268 (5.69%) Support Analyst
9 234 (4.97%) 2nd Line Support
10 223 (4.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 201 (4.27%) DevOps Engineer
12 192 (4.08%) Platform Engineer
13 185 (3.93%) Service Analyst
14 180 (3.82%) Service Desk Analyst
15 172 (3.65%) IT Analyst
16 169 (3.59%) IT Support Engineer
17 157 (3.34%) Administrator
18 151 (3.21%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 151 (3.21%) Architect
19 144 (3.06%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 373 (7.92%) .NET
2 266 (5.65%) HTML
3 254 (5.40%) CSS
4 138 (2.93%) ASP.NET
5 130 (2.76%) Web Services
6 100 (2.12%) .NET Framework
7 94 (2.00%) HTML5
8 86 (1.83%) JSON
9 85 (1.81%) AngularJS
10 77 (1.64%) .NET Core
10 77 (1.64%) REST
11 73 (1.55%) jQuery
11 73 (1.55%) WPF
12 69 (1.47%) XML
13 63 (1.34%) ASP.NET Web API
13 63 (1.34%) Entity Framework
14 62 (1.32%) React
15 56 (1.19%) WCF
16 54 (1.15%) WinForms
17 51 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 392 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 260 (5.52%) Data Centre
3 198 (4.21%) Management Information System
4 161 (3.42%) Driving Licence
5 157 (3.34%) Self-Motivation
6 141 (3.00%) User Experience
7 124 (2.63%) Public Cloud
8 107 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
9 97 (2.06%) Replication
10 95 (2.02%) Clustering
11 78 (1.66%) PKI
12 61 (1.30%) Greenfield Project
13 46 (0.98%) Mobile App
13 46 (0.98%) Private Cloud
14 38 (0.81%) Client/Server
14 38 (0.81%) Smartphone
15 34 (0.72%) Cyberthreat
15 34 (0.72%) Hybrid Cloud
16 32 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
17 30 (0.64%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1,891 (40.17%) Windows Server
2 1,133 (24.07%) Linux
3 857 (18.21%) Windows 10
4 579 (12.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 476 (10.11%) Windows Server 2016
6 304 (6.46%) Windows 7
6 304 (6.46%) Windows Server 2008
7 267 (5.67%) Windows Server 2019
8 194 (4.12%) Unix
9 110 (2.34%) Android
10 104 (2.21%) CentOS
11 87 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 73 (1.55%) Windows 8
13 64 (1.36%) Apple iOS
14 57 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
15 56 (1.19%) Ubuntu
16 52 (1.10%) Mac OS
17 40 (0.85%) Mac OS X
18 29 (0.62%) Solaris
19 26 (0.55%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 737 (15.66%) DevOps
2 735 (15.62%) ITIL
3 662 (14.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 613 (13.02%) Agile Software Development
5 582 (12.36%) Problem-Solving
6 303 (6.44%) Migration
7 281 (5.97%) Infrastructure as Code
8 276 (5.86%) Service Management
9 272 (5.78%) Software Engineering
10 245 (5.21%) Scrum
11 243 (5.16%) Continuous Integration
12 224 (4.76%) Disaster Recovery
13 221 (4.70%) Project Delivery
14 200 (4.25%) Continuous Improvement
15 194 (4.12%) Change Management
16 192 (4.08%) Project Management
17 190 (4.04%) Mentoring
18 184 (3.91%) Configuration Management
19 178 (3.78%) Information Security
20 171 (3.63%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 979 (20.80%) SQL
2 726 (15.42%) PowerShell
3 472 (10.03%) C#
4 325 (6.90%) Python
5 298 (6.33%) JavaScript
6 245 (5.21%) Java
7 229 (4.87%) C++
8 206 (4.38%) Bash Shell
9 159 (3.38%) T-SQL
10 116 (2.46%) C
11 94 (2.00%) Perl
12 65 (1.38%) PHP
13 60 (1.27%) PL/SQL
14 58 (1.23%) VB
15 48 (1.02%) Ruby
15 48 (1.02%) Shell Script
16 35 (0.74%) VB.NET
17 20 (0.42%) Go
17 20 (0.42%) VBScript
18 17 (0.36%) VBA
Qualifications
1 362 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 337 (7.16%) Degree
3 330 (7.01%) Security Cleared
4 248 (5.27%) SC Cleared
5 209 (4.44%) MCSE
6 184 (3.91%) Cisco Certification
7 161 (3.42%) MCSA
8 157 (3.34%) CCNA
9 83 (1.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 79 (1.68%) ITIL Certification
10 79 (1.68%) MCP
11 63 (1.34%) DV Cleared
12 53 (1.13%) CCNP
13 52 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
14 42 (0.89%) DBS Check
15 41 (0.87%) CISSP
16 40 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 34 (0.72%) MCITP
18 29 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
19 24 (0.51%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 392 (8.33%) SLA
2 154 (3.27%) GDPR
3 87 (1.85%) QA
4 83 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 43 (0.91%) Cyber Essentials
6 35 (0.74%) PCI DSS
7 20 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 17 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 17 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 14 (0.30%) WAI
10 11 (0.23%) HIPAA
11 9 (0.19%) NIST
11 9 (0.19%) PMO
12 7 (0.15%) ISO 9001
12 7 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 4 (0.085%) COBIT
13 4 (0.085%) MISRA
13 4 (0.085%) MISRA C
13 4 (0.085%) OpenSCAP
14 3 (0.064%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1,976 (41.98%) Active Directory
2 985 (20.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 624 (13.26%) Hyper-V
4 274 (5.82%) Docker
5 215 (4.57%) VMware ESXi
6 182 (3.87%) vSphere
7 104 (2.21%) Virtual Servers
8 100 (2.12%) XenApp
9 61 (1.30%) XenDesktop
10 51 (1.08%) Virtual Machines
11 48 (1.02%) Firmware
12 45 (0.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 43 (0.91%) BitLocker
14 40 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
14 40 (0.85%) VMware NSX
15 25 (0.53%) KVM
15 25 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
15 25 (0.53%) Xen
16 19 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
17 18 (0.38%) NFS
Systems Management
1 428 (9.09%) SCCM
2 277 (5.88%) Ansible
3 220 (4.67%) Terraform
4 200 (4.25%) Microsoft Intune
5 190 (4.04%) Kubernetes
6 165 (3.51%) Puppet
7 91 (1.93%) WSUS
8 90 (1.91%) Opscode Chef
8 90 (1.91%) SCOM
9 61 (1.30%) vCenter Server
10 46 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
11 41 (0.87%) SCVMM
12 35 (0.74%) Backup Exec
12 35 (0.74%) Nagios
13 34 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
14 28 (0.59%) NetBackup
15 27 (0.57%) Rancher
16 23 (0.49%) SCOrch
17 22 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
17 22 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 2,310 (49.08%) Microsoft
2 1,512 (32.12%) VMware
3 588 (12.49%) Cisco
4 485 (10.30%) Citrix
5 375 (7.97%) Oracle
6 233 (4.95%) Veeam
7 145 (3.08%) HP
8 136 (2.89%) Dell
9 135 (2.87%) Red Hat
10 124 (2.63%) EnterpriseDB
11 108 (2.29%) Apple
11 108 (2.29%) NetApp
12 107 (2.27%) Sophos
13 105 (2.23%) Google
14 84 (1.78%) IBM
15 83 (1.76%) SolarWinds
16 77 (1.64%) Splunk
17 76 (1.61%) EMC
18 73 (1.55%) McAfee
19 69 (1.47%) SAP